Video Journalism

Web site of professor Chris Shumway, Grady College of Journalism, University of Georgia

Video Specifications

Even though you are confronted with a wide variety of video acquisition formats, it’s vitally important to know the video delivery format of your TV station, web site, streaming service, client, or whomever else you might be working for. You’ve got to deliver the video according to their specifications.

Our Delivery Specs
We use the broadcast video format for Grady Newsource. There are five components: screen resolution, frame rate, video codec, audio codec and container. Here are the specs for each component:

1. Resolution: 1,280 x 720 (720p) 
2. Frame rate: 29.97 or 59.94
3. Video codec: AVC/H.264
4. Audio codec: AAC, sample rate 48000 Hz
5. Container: .MP4

What this means for students in JOUR 3280 and JOUR 5280
We follow the specs for Grady Newsource, which is the college’s primary video/multimedia news outlet. Every video clip you deliver for a grade must match the Grady Newsource specs. You can export a finished video from Adobe Premiere Pro (or most any other NLE) in correct format for Grady Newsource. You just have to know how to select those options. We’ll go over this in class, and I have a video tutorial that helps explain the exporting process. It also helps if you shoot your video in the same format as the delivery format. You should always check your camera settings before shooting just to make sure. It’s easy to change the recording format from your camera’s menu. If for some reason, you shoot video in a different HD resolution and codec, you can always transcode the raw clips before editing, or do all of your editing and then export your sequence in the correct format. There are lots of ways to accomplish the same task.

In order to receive a grade on a video, you must submit it in the proper format, so remember those attributes posted above — the resolution, frame rate, codecs, and container.  If your video is in the wrong format, I won’t grade it. You’ll get a zero on the assignment.

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